Castle Howard garden lauded

The historic gardens of Castle Howard in Yorkshire have won the 2011 Garden of the Year award sponsored by the Historic Houses Association (HHA) and Christie's.

This award, now in its 27th year, is designed to recognise the importance of gardens with outstanding horticultural and public appeal, in their own right or as the setting for an historic house.

The 1699 Castle Howard, famous as the location for Brideshead Revisited, embodies both, said HHA president Edward Harley: "The walled gardens filled with roses and the scent of Philadelphus are surrounded by spectacular parkland and woodlands. The landscape and gardens had fallen into some neglect in the first half of the 20th century and their reinstatement is a great tribute to the work of owner Simon Howard and his late father and mother as well as plantsman James Russell and, today's head gardener Brian Deighton."

Deighton said: "It means so much to the team to be given this honour by real gardeners, who know how much work goes into keeping it all going, year round."

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